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Program Director


Ballet & Books is seeking an entrepreneurial and innovative National Program Director to help guide the development and growth of our organization, improve our existing chapters and grow the number of participants in our programs. Reporting directly to the Board President, this role will be responsible for managing a diverse team of volunteers, recent college graduates, and current college student leaders to execute Ballet & Books programming.


This is an exciting opportunity that comes at a unique pivot point for the organization. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of leadership and commitment to our mission and to moving youth forward. 


Ballet and Books is a national, non-profit organization striving to reduce the literacy gap through the hybrid storytelling of dance and reading. In our extracurricular programming led by high school and college students, we provide 3-9-year-olds with an opportunity to improve their literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and dialogic reading.


  • Oversee national leadership team, making sure objectives are met

  • Lead growth of organization to different communities and Universities

  • Cultivate strategic partnerships and collaborations with local community and national partner stakeholders

  • Monitor grant and funding guidelines in collaboration with Finance Director

  • Ensure effectiveness and efficiency of communication with chapters and program partners

  • Develop and execute leadership strategy

  • Manage volunteer leadership

  • Maintain and enforce awareness of the laws, regulations, internal policies, and procedures appropriate for this position

  • This role will be part-time at about 15-20 hours per week with adequate compensation.


  • Exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organizational skills

  • You are invested in the success of others and use positive and constructive feedback to coach your team to do their best work.

  • You bring energy and enthusiasm to your work and the team. You motivate others to take on new challenges and achieve outstanding results.

  • Adaptable: You can adjust easily to new circumstances and demonstrate flexibility in rapidly changing situations.

  • Resourceful: You know how to leverage the experience, expertise, and work of others to overcome challenges and limitations.

  • Self Motivated: You set your own goals and timetables to produce results and can work independently to achieve success and realize potential.

  • Strong Communication: Experience facilitating difficult conversations and appeasing conflict.  

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in the dance or literacy industry (i.e. no bachelors degree but 3+ years at a professional dance company is also highly valued)


  • Experience leading youth programming

  • Experience in the dance industry

  • Knowledge of non-profit industry

  • Passion for improving equity in dance world

  • Commitment to building youth up


The application for this role is no longer available.

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